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Co Antrim man caught with bomb parts and drugs is caged

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Co Antrim man caught with the components for two pipe bombs and around £20,000 worth of cannabis is starting a 16-month prison sentence.

When he is released from custody, 23-year-old Stuart Gregory Hamilton will spend an additional 16 months on supervised licence after he pleaded guilty to five charges arising from a search of his home on August 6, 2013.

Prosecutor Peter Magill told Belfast Crown Court that police searched Hamilton's Glenkeen Avenue home in Greenisland under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

When the property was searched, officers found both herbal cannabis and cannabis resin, as well as bags used for dealing.

Also found in two separate areas of the property were components for two pipe bombs, 96 rounds of ammunition and seven shotgun cartridges.

Mr Magill said the pipe bombs did not contain any explosives, and that the Crown "couldn't say what, if anything, was going to be done with them".

He also described Hamilton as being "on the bottom rung of the ladder" and said he came before the court with no previous criminal convictions.

Hamilton subsequently admitted a total of five charges, including possession of explosives in suspicious circumstances, and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Judge McFarland described him as "a storeman" for others.

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